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Hacked Emails Reveal Russian Astroturfing Program 153

gotfork writes "Quoting The Guardian: 'A pro-Kremlin group runs a network of internet trolls, seeks to buy flattering coverage of Vladimir Putin and hatches plans to discredit opposition activists and media, according to private emails allegedly hacked by a group calling itself the Russian arm of Anonymous.' While a similar program has operated in China for a long time, and some commentators have suggested that a similar program exists in Russia, this is the first confirmation."
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Hacked Emails Reveal Russian Astroturfing Program

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  • Re:Nooo. Really? (Score:4, Informative)

    by shutdown -p now ( 807394 ) on Thursday February 09, 2012 @07:58PM (#38990021) Journal

    The point is that anti-opposition campaign in Russia has made a lot of claims that opposition demonstrations and online activity is all paid (the usual claim is that US Department of State is footing the bill), whereas the expression of admiration for the glorious leader is completely genuine.

  • Re:Tu Quoque? (Score:4, Informative)

    by shutdown -p now ( 807394 ) on Thursday February 09, 2012 @08:13PM (#38990165) Journal

    I don't recall Israel supplying half of Russia's neighbors with weapons to attack Israel

    Did you mean to write "weapons to attack Russia"?

    If so, then you might find it interesting that Israel has supplied [] Georgian army with UAVs, NVDs, AA systems, and many other things - all the stuff used during the war in South Ossetia, which, may I remind, was started by a Georgian attack on the area of responsibility of Russian UN peacekeeping force, and specifically on said peacekeeping force (10 people KIA from hostile fire - artillery and tanks shelled peacekeepers' barracks).

  • Re:now if only (Score:5, Informative)

    by SplashMyBandit ( 1543257 ) on Thursday February 09, 2012 @09:50PM (#38990981)

    Lol. "Sabotage" comes from French, not Russian.

    A "sabot" is a shoe (in French), and the association comes from when Dutch workers would place their shows in machinery that was threatening to replace them (eg. these were the French-speaking equivalent of the English Luddites). Hence, "Sabot-age". The Russians have many cool words, but sabotage does not originate with them, Comrade Slashdotter.

  • by melted ( 227442 ) on Friday February 10, 2012 @02:13AM (#38992499) Homepage

    The difference between the US and this is that in Russia this is paid for with enormous amounts of taxpayer money (hired drummers alone at a pro-Puting meeting cost something like $800K), and people are threatened with pink slips at work unless they go to pro-government meetings. When you live hand to mouth and don't have any savings, the prospect of getting fired over some BS meeting is pretty scary. And when the election time rolls around, they stuff the ballot boxes, and then if that proves insufficient, simply rewrite final counts when no one is looking. That country is truly ruled by a bunch of crooks and thieves. Can't wait to see the Russian people to hang them on the "teeth" of the Kremlin wall. They did this a hundred years ago, they can do it again. Russia just can't catch a fucking break.

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